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Dazzling, vivid prose. A master class in how to write.
on 26 June 2012
I loved `White Oleander' but this sophisticated book is just better. I simply can't understand the mixed reviews here - maybe people were expecting `White Oleander' part two. I wonder if some readers got only so far - perplexed at (the main protagonist) Josie's devotion to her dead boyfriend, Michael, after he'd left her so cruelly. The struggling artist with no thought for the mess his suicide would leave behind. But read on - nobody is that one dimensional here. There are no stereotypes in this book. Every character is fully realised, the childhood road to dysfunction or evil, mapped out, chapter by chapter - so you'll be able to engage with all the characters (even the `villains'). I've rarely encountered landscapes, soundscapes depicted so well. This book has such heart and soul. I'm not giving much away by writing about the suicide (as it happens right at the start of the book), but I will say that if you think: This is going to be such a downer, I don't think I'll bother, you'll miss one hell of a novel.
It's not an exploitative, `glamorous' suicide book for morbid teenagers - the ending (as someone else pointed out) will make you smile. There is redemption. This woman was born to write - an intelligent and sensitive human being. If Bret Easton Ellis had written it they'd call it a work of genius. I wonder if the Jonathan Franzen /`Oprah' association snobbery has done Fitch no favours. One of the best books I've ever read. If you want to write fiction, this is your blueprint.